A Maker Faire brings together families and individuals to celebrate the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset and showcase all kinds of incredible projects. At Maker Faire, you’ll find arts and crafts, science and engineering, food and music, fire and water but what makes this event special is that all these interesting projects and smart, creative people belong together. They are actively and openly creating a maker culture.
In its simplest form, Maker Faire creates conversations with Makers. It is a show-and-tell format for people of all ages that bring out the “kid” in all of us. Maker Faire is a community-based learning event that inspires everyone to become a maker and connect to people and projects in their local community. Yet, Maker Faire is a “fair” that is fun and engaging.
The Champlain Mini Maker Faire was developed by Doug Webster – Aerospace Engineer, President the National Association for Workforce Improvement, State Education Coordinator, and host of the TV STEM education series, “A Renewed Culture of Innovation” – with help from area businesses and community groups (including the Vermont Makers, Vermont Technology Alliance) with a mission to build a renewed culture of innovation.
John Abele – Boston Scientific
David Bradbury – UVM, VCET
Pat Burke – South Burlington High School
John Canning – PCC
Curt Carter – Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation
John Cohn – IBM
Ara Hagan – Hagan Associates
Cairn Cross – Fresh Tracks
Doug Dickey- UVM Engineering
David Finney – Champlain College
Phelan Fretz – ECHO
Dom Grasso – UVM
Jenn Karson - Sesamedia New Media
Linda Kelliher – KSV Communications
Spencer Knapp – Fletcher Allen
Ken Merritt - Vermont Venture Network
Melinda Moulton – Main Street Landing
Angelo Pizzagalli – Pizzagalli Partners
Cathy Resmer – Seven Days
Vermont Technology Alliance
About Maker Faire:
Maker Faireis the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.
Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.
The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2013 celebrated its eighth annual show with some 900 makers and 120,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in three years to 500+ makers and 55,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Newcastle (UK),Rome, and Tokyo are the home of “featured” 2013 Maker Faires (200+ makers), andcommunity-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now beingproduced around the United States and the world—including right here in Champlain.
About MAKE Magazine:
MAKE is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects. MAKE unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. MAKE celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will. Subscribe here.
Besides the magazine and the faire, MAKE is:
- a vital online stream of news and projects, blog.makezine.com;
- a retail outlet for kits and books, the Maker Shed;
- a steady stream of fun and instruction via our YouTube channel;
- Make: Projects, a library of projects with step-by-step instructions
- a book publishing imprint with best-in-category titles on introductions to electronics, Raspberry Pi, Arduino and more.